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The Cloudcast #123 - Monitoring the Clouds from the Cloud (29:13)
Description: Brian talks with
Mohit Lad (@mohitlad, CEO/Co-Founder of Thousand Eyes) about cloud
applications, monitoring-as-a-service, the evolution of cloud tools and
important considerations for developers and IT to consider when using
Topic 1 -Let’s
talk about your background (PhD, UCLA) and how you went from academia
to having a startup funded by Sequoia. That’s a pretty radical jump.
Topic 2 - Give
us the basics of how Thousand Eyes works. How much is standard (agents)
and how much can be customized for specific environments?
- One of the biggest takeaways we had from AWS re:Invent was the number
of companies that make various layers of tools (New Relic, DataDog,
Boundary, Cloudability, etc.). Some of them only focus on one layer, but
Thousand Eyes takes a more holistic approach. Talk about your
architecture and why you’d want to tackle such a large problem space?
- We personally really like the move to more and more “management”
tools being SaaS based, for a number of reasons. We see that you have
former Meraki people on your board. How do conversations go when you
introduce this delivery method? Is it considered new or fairly standard
at this point?i
- What are you hearing as the more important elements that companies
want from SaaS-monitoring? I’m seeing APIs to various services (AWS,
Github, etc.), intelligent algorithms and some level of
community/collaboration. What else?
Topic 6 -
With all these great SaaS-based management companies/tools coming out,
do you see them consolidating (startup/startup merging), exits via the
large vendors (eg. Oracle, HP, Cisco, VMware, etc.) or are markets like
AWS growing fast enough to build a large stand-alone business for a
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